2010 Bisbee 1000, my second time
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The difference this year made was not the difference I was expecting. I expected to be all gung ho and maybe moving like a real runner. Instead, this year the race felt harder and I finished 10 minutes slower than last year. My strained calf muscle and two week hiatus was not helpful. The Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb is a 5K race with an ADDITIONAL 1034 stairs (that's 34.5 flights although the stairs are in 9 sets, the longest being 131 stairs). I am weeks away from being 58 years old and it took me 1 hour, 27 minutes to complete the course, which squeaked me into the top half of my age group.
Last year after the race I blogged that I would have my first winter of "fitness" and have to figure out what that would look like. Now I know.
It looked like joining an aerobics class with women mostly my age (some younger; some in their 60s and 70s). I went from being the least able most arrhythmic white girl in the class to someone who can do the grapevine to Springsteen and hold the plank to Lady Gaga. Didn't see that coming!
It looked like getting up earlier Saturday morning and walking half the course with the Girlfriend and some co-workers and then enjoying a leisurely breakfast. The Bisbee 1000 became something we did on Saturdays! Will walk for bagels!
My weight has fluctuated over the year. I did the race yesterday six pounds lighter than last year, although 3 pounds heavier than my goal weight. But I did not revert to recliner girl. Someone at work referred to me as "fit." Me!
I carried the names of my Spark Buddies on the inside of my shirt (you know who you are) and today I want to reiterate my gratitude. During the race I was passed by a couple whose shirts proclaimed: "Friends keep you going." If they only knew! Spark Friends may not make me the fastest; but they brought me the furthest.